Value your reputation? Don’t go into this profession.
Roll Call magazine recounts this true story. Apparently when Charles G. Dawes was the Vice President under Calvin Coolidge, he was visiting Ohio (still a swing state even back then, I guess). Vice President Dawes wanted to buy some soft drinks for his traveling companions, so he stepped into a small village store. After the woman behind the counter brought over his bag of bottles, he asked to borrow a bottle opener. “I’ll bring it right back,” Dawes promised. The woman looked doubtful. “Where are you from?” she asked. “You don’t look like you’re from around here.”
“Well, I’m from Washington and I’m the Vice President of the United States,” Dawes replied.
“Boy, c’mon over here,” the woman barked to a youthful stock clerk. “You go along with this man now and make sure you bring back my bottle opener.”
Tom Page, SCN managing editor (also my superintendent’s not-so-youthful stock clerk!)